Koh Kret in the Chao Phraya River, Nonthaburi

The Leaning Chedi in Koh Kret Nonthaburi
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Koh Kret (เกาะเกร็ด) is a 3 km long and 3 km wide small island located in the Chao Phraya River, in the province of Nonthaburi, near Bangkok. The island can only be accessed by boat or ferry from Pak Kret ferry pier.

This artificial island was created in 1722 by digging a canal to bypass a meander in the Chao Phraya River. It has seven villages, among them, the most important is Ban Mon.

Koh Kret is inhabited by Mon people, an ethnic group from Burma (Myanmar) living in central Thailand since the 6th and 10th centuries AD.

The island has a few Buddhist temples such as Wat Poramai Yigawat, Wat Phailom, Wat Chimphi, Wat Saotong Thong and also a Mon style temple called Wat Paramaiyikawat Worawihan. Perhaps the most important attraction in the island is the popular Leaning Chedi, a must see.

Koh Kret is also well known for its extraordinary pottery and its weekend market.

Photos by Mr. Peerapong Prasutr, Ahoerstemeier, Heron2, Heinrich Damm (Hdamm) and Archy36.

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